Kodak will finally be launching its Orbit360 camera in Europe at IFA Berlin 2017 on September 1. The trade show will be held from September 1 to 6, and Kodak will be showing the Orbit360 at its booth, 125 in hall 11.1.
According to Immersive Shooter contributor and 360 Rumors blogger Mic Ty, Kodak expected to launch the Orbit360 in the U.S. before September–even as early as the end of July!–but no firm date has be shared.
The camera was released in Japan in May, with a number of units becoming available outside of Japan on eBay.
The Orbit360 was announced at CES 2017, in January, with a release date scheduled for April. However, it’s release has continued to be postponed.
About the Orbit360 camera
Kodak’s first 360 camera—the SP360—was actually two devices, but the PixPro Orbit360 is one device with two 20-megapixel lenses offering 4K video at 24 fps. The camera also allows users to shoot using either and/or both lenses.
A key feature of the Orbit 360 is its asymmetrical lenses. One has a 235-degree field of view and the other, 155 degrees. That means the stitch line isn’t set at 180 degrees, giving users a bit of flexibility to decide the camera’s orientation based on what’s happening in the scene.
This configuration means users can choose from a variety of shooting modes: full 360 spherical, 197-degree 4K ultra wide mode, and 235-degree ultra dome mode.
Sample footage from the Orbit 360
Sample 360 footage was released ahead of the camera’s launch in Japan in May.
The 360 sample footage released in May showed how well the Orbit 360 captures colors, as well as how it handles exposure and contrast. Although the exposure and contrast are well-balanced across the two lenses, the pixel density across the two lenses doesn’t exactly match. But, you can make your own judgments about that here.
We’ll share more about worldwide release dates for the Orbit 360 camera as they’re announced.